The T.R.E.D.Mill

DECEMBER 1998

Editor: Mark Ritchie Village of Haines Junction - 634-2293
Fax: 634-2008
Email: vhj@yknet.yk.ca
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Dear Readers:

As many of you are already aware, this will be my final issue of the TREDMill. I want to thank you all for your support for this newsletter over the past four and a half years, especially for your suggestions on items to be included. After the New Year, I hope you will continue to be interested in what's going on in Haines Junction and the rest of Kluane Country.
Happy trails!

THE VILLAGE OF HAINES JUNCTION WISHES EVERYONE COMPLIMENTS OF THE SEASON AND A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!

Mayor Burton & Council thank the organizers and supporters of these recent community events:
  • HALLOWEEN DANCE
  • HALLOWEEN FIREWORKS
  • HOWL WITH THE WOLVES!
  • REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE
  • NATIONAL ADDICTIONS AWARENESS WEEK PANCAKE BREAKFAST
  • TEEN VIDEO NIGHT (Thanks to Public Works for installing the screen!)
  • CHRISTMAS CRAFT & BAKE SALE
  • 4TH ANNUAL CASH 'SPIEL
  • POWER SKATING CLINIC

THOUGHT OF THE MONTH #6
Do VCR's in Newfoundland blink 12:30?

Kluane MLA Gary McRobb wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year!

Recreation, parks, sports, arts and culture are the ATTRACTIONS THAT DRAW TOURISM - the third largest and one of the fastest growing industries in the world today.
-From The Benefits of Recreation Catalogue

HATS OFF! to Adrienne Nassiopoulos for receiving the Duke of Edinburgh's Bronze Award in the Young Canadian Challenge.
We are very proud of you, Adrienne!

CONGRATULATIONS to the new Champagne & Aishihik First Nations Chief Bob Charlie & his Council!

FOUND AT CHIEF PAUL BIRCKEL'S FAREWELL BANQUET
Pair of green, size 9 Sorel boots. To claim, please see receptionist at CAFN Administration Building.

101 THINGS TO DO IN THE JUNCTION
#19: Find a frozen lake with ice safe enough skate on, shovel off some of that fluffy Kluane powder, lace up your skates and fly like the wind!

TWO BANDAGED THUMBS UP to the Haines Junction Ambulance Crew who placed first out of thirteen teams in the Yukon Ambulance Skills Competition held in early November. The team consisted of Martin Jones, Heather Marshall and Shanna Williams. Now I know who I'm going to call if I have a sliver.

THE HALLOWEEN FIREWORKS COMMITTEE THANK THESE SUPPORTERS:
  • CHAMPAGNE & AISHIHIK FIRST NATIONS
  • CRIME PREVENTION YUKON
  • DAN & VAL DRUMMOND
  • JUNCTION FUNCTION FUNDING FOUNDATION
  • KLUANE NATIONAL PARK
  • RCMP
  • ROB MOORE
  • ST. ELIAS LIONS
  • VILLAGE OF HAINES JUNCTION
  • VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT
  • ALL THE VOLUNTEERS!
The Snowflake Festival of Fun presents:
Whitehorse Community Choir & St. Elias School Band
7:30 pm Saturday, December 5
Grand Hall, Convention Centre

6:30 pm - Tasting of Schenley's Products
Goodies supplied by St. Elias Senior Girls Basketball Team
Admission: Adults $5, Students $3
Children 10 & under: Free
Info: Enid Tait 634-2550

St. Elias School Senior Girls Basketball Team and The Oppen House present:
A FASHION SHOW plus SYNERGY TEEN DANCE TRIO
1:30 pm Sunday, December 6
Grand Hall, Convention Centre
Admission: Adults $3, Children $2
Clothing will be on sale after the Fashion Show.
Info: Dianne Oppen 634-2738

Village Budget Open House from 3 pm - 8 pm on Monday, December 7 in the Council Chambers

Alsek Renewable Resources Council invites you to a PUBLIC MEETING ON FISH & WILDLIFE ISSUES
  • Bison Hunt
  • Aishihik Permits & Integrated Wildlife Management Plan
  • Trap Line Assignment & Reassignment Criteria

7 pm Monday, December 7
Community Hall
Info: Heidi Istchenko 634-2524

You are invited to a community meeting to discuss the FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION ACT
2 pm Tuesday, December 8 Elders Complex
Refreshments will be served!
Info: Michael Hanson 1-800-661-0408 Local 3581

KLUANE LAND USE PLAN PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING to explain how the plan will be used within the Champagne & Aishihik First Nations traditional territory.
7 pm TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8
Community Hall
Info: Yvonne at 1-800-661-0408 Local 5032 or Heidi at 634-2524
Alsek Renewable Resources Council invites you to a PUBLIC MEETING ON FOREST RESOURCE ISSUES
  • Marshall Creek Area Proposed Harvest
  • Forest Management Planning Update
  • Fire Safe Communities
7 pm Wednesday, December 9
Community Hall
Info: Heidi Istchenko 634-2524

The next meetings of St. Elias Community School Council will be at 7:30 pm on:


Info: Cathy MacKinnon 634-2629

Do your Christmas shopping at the ANGLICAN CHURCH THRIFT SHOP
Thursdays, December 10 and January 14 & 28
2-4 pm, 7-8 pm
Info: Barb Henkel 634-2509

The Youth Centre invites all Haines Junction youth to a CHRISTMAS DANCE
6 pm - 8:30 pm 12 & under
8:30 - 12 midnight 12 & up
$2 admission
Music by DJ Omini Productions
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11 - GRAND HALL, CONVENTION CENTRE
Info: Marion Primozic 634-2012

Sport Yukon, Yukon Amateur Hockey Association & Haines Junction Minor Hockey invite you to a NCCP LEVEL 1 TECHNICAL HOCKEY COACHING CLINIC
8 am - 4 pm Saturday & Sunday, December 12 & 13
Mezzanine (Arena will be used for clinic 2:15 pm - 3:45 pm Sunday)
Instructor: Vern Haggard
Registration fee is $40. You must register with Sport Yukon by calling 668-4236 by Thursday, December 10.
Grab your broom and come to the Haines Junction Curling Club's 4TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BONSPIEL
Saturday & Sunday, December 12 & 13
Buy a ticket on the Candy Christmas House raffle!
Turkey toss Sunday afternoon!
Deadline to register: 8 pm, Thursday, December 10
Info: Rick Nadeau 634-2939

Haines Junction Hospice Society invites you to the opening ceremony for the LIGHTS OF LIFE
7 pm Sunday, December 13
YTG Administration Building
Viewing Hours: December 18-24 Tuesday-Friday 3 pm - 6 pm
Saturday 1 pm - 6 pm
Info: Rhoda Istchenko 634-2595

Champagne & Aishihik First Nations invite you to their CHRISTMAS BINGO
5:30 pm Monday, December 14
Community Hall
Info: 634-2288

St. Elias Community School invites you to their CHRISTMAS CONCERT
7 pm Thursday, December 17
School Gym
Refreshments by Haines Junction Brownies
Info: Roma Dobrowolsky 634-2231

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18 is the last day of school for this year. School starts up again Monday, January 4.

Mayor Burton & Village Council invite you to their annual Christmas Open House
3 pm - 9 pm Friday, December 18
Village Office
Info: Darlene Sillery 634-7127

SKATE WITH SANTA
1-3 pm, Thursday, December 24
Bill Brewster Arena
Info: Dan Drummond 634-2683

CHRISTMAS LIGHTING CONTEST
Judging will be 7:30 pm Friday, December 18
Categories: Commercial & Non-Commercial
Prizes for First, Second and Third in each category
Area: Municipality of Haines Junction & Champagne-Aishihik Village
Judging is based on colour and creativity!
Info: Mark 634-7103

CELEBRATE THE CHRISTMAS SEASON AT THESE LOCAL CHURCHES:

ANGLICAN
St. Christopher's - Haines Junction

  • 8 pm Christmas Eve
  • 10:30 pm Christmas Day

Joint service with Our Lady of Grace - Beaver Creek 7 pm December 20

ROMAN CATHOLIC
Our Lady of Grace - Beaver Creek 7 pm December 20th Celebration of Christmas
Our Lady of the Way - Haines Junction

  • 8 pm Christmas Eve
  • 10:30 am Christmas Day

Our Lady of the Rosary - Burwash Landing 11:30 pm Christmas Eve

Champagne & Aishihik First Nations invite you to their BOXING DAY DINNER & DANCE
Saturday, December 26
Community Hall
5 pm Dinner open to CAFN members only.
9 pm Dance open to everyone. Music by Bob Charlie and the Klukshu Flats Boogie Band.
Info: 634-2288

Haines Junction Minor Hockey invites you to watch an ATOM TOURNAMENT
Sunday, December 27
Bill Brewster Arena
Info: Rob Moore 634-2720
Every hockey player 14 years & up is invited to play in the HOMECOMING TOURNAMENT
Monday, December 28
Bill Brewster Arena
Beer Garden! Concession!
Cost is $20. Only room for 40 players. To sign up, please contact Val Drummond at 634-2683 by Sunday, December 20.

Yukon Native Bonspiel invites you to a NEW YEAR'S EVE DANCE
9 pm - 2 am Thursday, December 31
Community Hall
Info: 634-2288

Welcome to District 49B (Yukon, NWT, Alaska & Northern B.C.) of Lions International to your cabinet meeting here in Haines Junction on Friday & Saturday, January 8 & 9!

12TH ANNUAL OLDTIMERS HOCKEY TOURNAMENT
Friday-Sunday, January 29-31
Bill Brewster Arena
Info: Dan Drummond 634-2683

Audrey McLaughlin, the Yukon Circumpolar Envoy, will speak on the VITALITY OF THE CIRCUMPOLAR NORTH
7 pm Wednesday, January 6
Grand Hall
Info: Karen Sparrow 1-800-661-0408 Local 5997
Haines Junction Curling Club invites you to their RCMP CURLING CHALLENGE
Friday-Sunday, January 8-10
Banquet & Dance Saturday Night
Deadline to Register is 8 pm Wednesday, January 6
Info: Rick Nadeau 634-2939

17TH ANNUAL YUKON NATIVE BONSPIEL
Friday-Sunday, January 15-17
Haines Junction Curling Club
Friday Night Casino - Saturday Night Dance
Deadline to register is Tuesday, January 12
Info: Sherry Wabisca 634-2288 or 634-2315
Buy your ticket today on the YUKON NATIVE BONSPIEL SNOWMACHINE RAFFLE
First Prize: 1999 ZL500 Arctic Cat, Value: $6,741
Second Prize: Gortex Yamaha Jacket, Value $500
Third Prize: DeWalt Electric Drill, Value $500
Tickets just $10 each! Only 1,500 tickets printed!
Draw will be Sunday, January 17
Tickets are available from: Shannon Maloney, Sheila Kushniruk, Lisa Pauls, Diane Strand, Sherry Wabisca & Doreen Williams

Our southern neighbours invite you to the 30th ANNUAL ALCAN 200 SNOWMACHINE ROAD RALLY & DRAG RACES
Friday-Sunday, January 22-24
Haines, Alaska
5:30 pm Friday: Calcutta
Auction, Fogcutter Bar
10 am Saturday: Snowmachine Race on the Haines Road from the US/Canada Border to Dezadeash Lake & back
5:30 pm Saturday: Awards Ceremony & Dinner at Elks Lodge
1 pm Sunday: Drag Races, Location TBA
Info: Diana Lapham 907-766-2503

VILLAGE NEWS

THE RECYCLING DEPOT is open
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12 Noon - 4 pm
Saturdays 11 am - 3 pm
Info: 634-7112

Here are the hours for the Village Office over the Christmas Holidays:
  • Thursday, December 24 8:30 am - 12 noon
  • Friday, December 25 - Closed
  • Monday, December 28 - Closed
  • Tuesday-Wednesday, December 29-30: 8:30 am - 12 noon, 1 pm - 5 pm
  • Thursday, December 31: 8:30 am - 12 noon
  • Friday, January 1 - New Year's Day - Closed

Jim Cheverie's last day at work is Friday, December 4. See you, Jim. It's been great working with you!

The next meetings of Village Council will be:


If you wish to appear as a delegation, please contact Colin Dean, Chief Administrative Officer, at 634-7110 by 12 noon the previous Monday.

CPR COMMITTEE NEWS

The next meeting of the Culture, Parks & Recreation Committee will be Thursday, January 14. If you would like to be on the agenda, please contact the Village Office by Monday, January 11.

THREE CHEERS to these recipients of Village Recreation Grants:
  • St. Elias Community School Climbing Club - $1,300
  • Haines Junction Minor Hockey - $5,220
  • Haines Junction Recreational Hockey - $2,600
  • Haines Junction Youth Group - $3,000

THE JUNCTION FUNCTION FUNDING FOUNDATION is pleased to give the following grant:

  • $390 to the St. Elias Girls Senior Basketball Team towards travel expenses for a tournament in Whistler, B.C.

PROJECT MILLENNIUM
The CPR Committee would like to inform everyone about what they have done since June of this year to help Haines Junction/Kluane celebrate the new millennium. We believe that it should be a community based initiative and Village Council has given its support in principle to these celebrations. The purpose of the plan is threefold:

  • MAXIMUM community involvement.
  • The exhibition of a permanent art/local history collection.
  • A winter carnival that could become an annual event.

NOW IT'S YOUR TURN!

  • What would you like to see in a permanent art/history collection?
  • What activities should be part of the winter carnival? So far suggestions include sleigh rides, ice sculptures, arena events, dog sledding and snowshoeing, skiing & snowmachine races.
  • Any ideas for worthwhile community projects? What could we put in a time capsule?

We will also asking community groups, businesses and other organizations to participate in the carnival.
Finally, we are looking for volunteers/nominations of persons to sit on the steering committee for the whole Project Millennium. You could either represent an organization or be an independent individual. For now, we see this steering committee being in place only until early 2000.
For more information about Project Millennium, please contact the Village Office 634-7100, David Sillery 634-2842 or any member of the CPR Committee.

ARENA NEWS

Please see the schedule attached at the end of this newsletter for skating over the Christmas holidays.

THANK YOU to DIAND - Haines Junction District Office for your donation of old fire hose to the Arena.

KLUANE PARK NEWS
The Visitor Reception Centre hours are:
Monday-Friday 10 am - 12 noon and 1 pm - 4 pm
For info, please call 634-7209.

COMMUNITY NEWS

KLUANE TO CHILKAT INTERNATIONAL BIKE RELAY NEWS
The KCIBR is beginning to "gear up" for this summer's race, and they are looking for Haines Junction residents to sit on the Board of Directors or to head committees. If you are a business owner who benefits from this race or a local citizen who believes the event is a worthwhile community project, please contact Mark Ritchie at 634-7103 or the KCIBR at 633-2579.

TODAY WHITEHORSE, TOMORROW THE LOUVRE!
In a recent art contest, Alida Allison has had her "Rainbow Burst" art work selected by a jury of artists and educators. The piece will now be permanently exhibited in the YTG Education Building in Whitehorse.

WELCOME to Brad Roberts, the new P.E. teacher at St. Elias Community School!

The CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTRE Outreach Team will be in Haines Junction on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10. If you think your child has some developmental concerns and you would like to talk to the outreach team, please call 1-888-291-5437.

FAREWELL to Rosemary Buck and Andrew Lawrence as they head off into the darkness of Aulavik National Park on Banks Island in the Western Arctic!

BUSINESS NEWS

TWO FRIENDLY THUMBS UP!
Dozens of visitors nominated the staff of KLUANE MUN (The Bayshore) for TIA Yukon Golden Host Awards this past summer. Many nominations noted their excellent service in everything from baking bumbleberry pies to fixing an unfixable antenna! A number of others spoke of the staff's warmth and hospitality, of being treated like family, and of receiving special attention.

HIRE A STUDENT IN '99
FRIDAY, JANUARY 15 is the deadline to apply for Student Training & Employment Program (STEP) grants. Grants of up to $5.75 per hour are available. Application forms are at the Village Office.

HERE ARE THE BUILDING STATISTICS FOR HAINES JUNCTION SO FAR THIS YEAR:

 No.Value
Residential10$598,000
Commercial3$26,000
Government3$1,963,000
Total16$2,587,000

This compares with 12 permits valued at $1,953,000 issued for the same period last year.

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SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

NEWS AT CAFN
Josephine Boyle, Homecare/Nutrition worker for Champagne & Aishihik First Nation has been asked to sit on a national pre/post-natal nutrition steering committee to decide the future of First Nation infant nutrition standards in Canada.
CAFN has been selected as one of the five pilot projects across Canada to examine home care issues within First Nations communities. Barb Eikland will be coordinating this project. As a result of this, Marie Smith-Tutin has been hired as a part-time Health Care Worker trainee for CAFN. Way to go, Marie! This is one more step on your way to becoming a registered nurse.
The CAFN After School Activity Program is set to start in early January. Blanche Miersch, Audrey Brown and Stephanie MacElheron have been hired to implement the program. Here are some details:

  • For all children 6-12 years old
  • At the Youth Centre
  • No charge
  • Monday-Friday, 3:30 pm - 6 pm

To register or for more information, please call 634-2514.

AND FINALLY... THANK YOU, MARK

from those who have helped put this newsletter on-line over the past few years.
We appreciate your hard work and community spirit, and wish you the best in whatever the future may bring you.

Richard Lawrence and Phil Bastien


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